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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Kenosha Regional Airport in Kenosha, Wisc., November 2, 2020. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Gallup finds interest in a third-party increasing, particularly among Republicans.

Independents are usually much more likely than Republicans or Democrats to favor a third political party, but in the current poll, Republicans are nearly as likely as independents to hold this view, 63 percent to 70 percent. That represents a dramatic shift for Republicans since last September when 40 percent favored a third party.

Republicans’ current level of support for a third party is also the highest Gallup has measured for Republicans or Democrats in Gallup’s trend. The previous high was 54 percent for Democrats in 2018. Currently, 46 percent of Democrats endorse


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